BlouinArtInfo Review


Continuing her tense on-going battle between abstraction and literal representation, Kimberly Brooks’ latest selection of oil paintings are being displayed in Los Angeles at the Zevitas Marcus gallery.

Brooks explores the theme of human gestures, pillaging the imagery of well-known historical events to reproduce an entirely new story within that very same context. Her work is an amalgamation of figures, landscapes, still life and interiors. She blends into it her own personal experiences that go on to create a skilful fusion of historical and contemporary perspectives. As an artist Brooks has depended on the abstract, but never completely embraced it, though one can sense an on-going tension between representation and abstraction in her works. The recent paintings seem to tilt towards abstraction in many ways. Brooks uses it to divide the materiality of history, like in ‘Museum Wall’. She then invites viewers to dive inside the frame to experience the history as it happened and her depiction of it, which she does in ‘Blue Angels’. The works may have their sources in known historical events, but Brooks has no intention of reporting about them per say, instead she accesses her honed ability of painting that can directly construct meaning. The grand interiors, ornamentation and religious icons in her works are deconstructed from their traditional forms and are aligned within our contemporary culture with a renewed range of meaning.

Kimberly Brooks is a graduate from UC Berkeley in Literature and worked as a writer before choosing the brush over the pen. Brooks studied Painting at UCLA and OTIS. Her work has been the focus of several solo and group exhibitions organized by curators from Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She lives and works in Los Angeles where this exhibition will take place. Zevitas Marcus is located in Los Angeles’ gallery district, Culver City.

The exhibition will be on view through September 9 – October 21, 2017 at Zevitas Marcus 2754 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034

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